This third edition of Sociology of Religion introduces students to key principles in the sociological understanding of religion, with revisions and updates throughout. The book offers an overview of the nature and function of religious institutions and practices, asking sociological questions about the changing role of religion in today's "post-traditional" world. After an introduction to the many facets of religion and key theories for its study, the book examines central themes such as changes in religious life in the United States; the intersections between religion, social class, and power and between gender, sexuality, and religion; globalization and religion; religion in mass media; and more. The third edition features new material on the relationship of race and ethnicity to religion, the perceived rises of both secularism and fundamentalism, and the role of religion in public debates on sexuality. Sociology of Religion addresses both the foundations of the field and the profound changes it has undergone, placing new examples against their historical background. Charts, photos, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style make the book an ideal introduction for students.
Kevin J. Christiano is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a past president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the American Council for Quebec Studies. William H. Swatos, Jr., served as the executive officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association for many years. He is senior priest and Canon Theologian of the Anglican diocese of Quincy, Illinois. Peter Kivisto is the Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and a research fellow at the Universita di Trento in Italy. An author or editor of more than twenty-five books, he is a member of the Council of the American Sociological Association.
Part One: The Basics 1.By Way of Introduction 2.Studying Religion 3.The "Religion" of Secularization and the History of Religions 4.Religion in the United States: Denominationalism and Beyond Part Two: Religion and Social Differentiation 5.Social Class, Religion, and Power: A Classic Field of Inquiry 6.Religion and Ethnicity: A Complex Relationship 7.Gender, Sexuality, and Religion: Spirituality in Different Voices? Part Three: Religion, Culture, and Change 8.Religious Change: The Case of Catholicism in the United States 9.The Globalization Dynamic: Historic Animosities or Postmodern Politics? 10.Mediating Meaning: Religion in-and as-Contemporary Culture 11.Boundary Issues: Church, State, and New Religions References